Transcribing songs

Can I enter something liketaking an existing song and transcribing it for another instrument (eg, piano)?

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pianodude8 years ago
Yes, "transcribe" is the right term to use in this case. Since the orignal question was how to transcribe music, there is some software called Intelliscore that can help get the job done. You may still have to do some "arranging" to get the notes right, but Intelliscore can get you headed there.
keyguy138 years ago
Coolio has it right. I am a musician of 30+ years. Transcribe means to write down a song you heard onto sheet music. Transpose means to change the key of music (either aurally or on sheet music). So if the question was 'can I write down music I heard on one instrument to be played on another?' then the use of the word transcribe is correct. However, I think the idea of this contest is to create something new having to do with sound.
coolio490858 years ago
Transcribe (Musically) = to notate a piece that is presented aurally
Transpose = to change the position of a note or key center
Instrumentation = to adapt any notation to be played, realistically, on a certain instrument
Arranging (Musically) = to arrange or rearrange said sections of a song or instrument parts
Goodhart8 years ago
You are referring to making a different arrangement as they call it ? I am not so sure (like Caitlinsdad mentions) that one could call that something made. But, if you made the instrument or device that plays the music, or records it, or whatever, that would work.
Ummmm.... No. Transcribing is the proper word...
Yes, I suppose it can be translated that way, i.e. transcribe = rewriting or arranging a piece of music. If you are merely copying it, then definitely no to your original question but if you are arranging it which I understand is also transcribing then that may be up to the powers that be :-)
Probably a matter of semantics to the musician and to the lay person (my understanding as a non-music student) but transcribing is translating what you hear into some form of musical notation to represent what was played. The term copying music is used in a different context. Arranging a musical composition is figuring out what plays what part of the music. Conducting and orchestrating are probably finer points of the arrangement.

So, according to paragraph 1, subsection C, clause 4, rule A, subparagraph...visual is subject to interpretation. You are making a written graphic /visual representation of the music specific for an instrument to be played. Transcribing from previously written sheet music for a different instrument is not creating a new visual form but copyright laywers have probably haggled over this before.

Transcribing=Rewriting music in a different key.
gmoon Bartboy8 years ago
Transposing, not transcribing.
Transporting = de de dit dah, de de dit dah...twilight zone riff
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